Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the sessions?

No initial cost. I offer a 45 minute “Look Me Over Session’’. Benefits are discussed, both out of pocket and out of the insurance to be met by your policy., time and dates of the upcoming session is agreed upon.

How do I know when it is time to see a therapist?

Here are some other questions that can help you clarify your need for therapy: Is there a persistent problem, condition, and way of feeling or upset that has been bothering you for a while? Is there something that you want to change in yourself or your life? Are you tired of having the same conversation about something over and over in your head or with your friends, yet nothing seems to change? Does the issue feel too big to tackle by yourself? Are you tired of feeling the way you have been feeling? Are you finally ready to do something about it? Has that quiet, intuitive little voice inside of you been nudging you to get some outside, professional help with something…. and it keeps nudging in spite of your attempts to ignore or shhhh it away? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions…. it’s time.

What are the benefits of therapy?

  • Psychotherapy produced positive effects in 92% of respondents
  • The longer people stayed in therapy, the better their results.
  • People that were active in therapy did better than those that were passive. People that actively engaged by being open, asking questions, and following up did better.
  • For most psychological conditions, people in therapy alone did as well as people who had medication plus therapy.
  • Respondents who stayed in therapy only until insurance coverage allowed did worse than those who stayed until their concerns resolved.

How does therapy work?

When something really bad happens and we feel powerless to control our environment or our future, we create a psychological strategy to protect ourselves. These are called defenses. Defenses are not bad things; without them we literally couldn’t function.

The bad news is that defenses can interfere with your quality of life … your ability to love and be loved, to pursue goals or experience self worth. When that happens, my job is to help you work through or around these defenses. Many of these defenses developed outside of your conscious awareness during vulnerable times throughout your past. They are no longer necessary and are depriving you of experiencing the life that you want. Gently, compassionately and tenaciously, we dissolve these defenses so you can know and express your real nature

I do this by helping you connect with yourself as deeply as you are capable. I also help you connect with me in an honest and deep way so you can experience the essential safety and security you need in order to heal. As we work together, new restorative experiences associated with feeling loved and whole become available to you. Your relationship to yourself, your life and others starts to deepen and expand. Fear gives way to freedom and curiosity. Anger gives way to acceptance. And sorrow eases, creating room for resilience, love and self- activation.

How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?

  • At our first meeting you should keep these questions in mind:
  • How easy is it to talk to her?
  • Does she seem like somebody I could trust?
  • Is she really listening to me?
  • Does she seem to know what she is doing?
  • Does she seem confident and competent?
  • Do I feel comfortable with her?
  • Could I ever show this person the deepest, ugliest parts of myself?
  • Does she seem to have the capacity to handle me
  • Mostly, “Do I like her?”

How long does therapy last?

There are many factors to consider, such as: What sort of life have you had before coming to therapy? Why are you deciding now to come to therapy? How long has the problem been in the making? How have you coped with the problem up until now? How have your ways of coping compromised your deeper sense of aliveness and well-being? What are your goals or hopes for therapy? How will we know when they have been met? I know, lots of questions here. Some of these questions cannot be answered right away; they are answered during treatment through discovery and understanding.

Here’s how you will gain the most benefit from therapy.

  1. Look at the money you spend on therapy as an investment in your future. The benefits you experience will justify the expense.
  2. Be an active participant to your fullest capacity. Your therapy will take work – on your part and on mine. If you don’t put honest effort forward you won’t feel as if you are getting your money’s worth and you will likely resent the cost.

How do I prepare for my first session?

Show up with the intention to be as open and honest about yourself as you can be. The first session is like a first date. I will want to learn about what is bringing you to therapy at this time in your life and hopefully you will be interested in filling me in. The likelihood is that there is much you will want to tell me and I’ll be listening carefully and giving you my full attention.

I’m very private and it is important to me that issues I talk about are confidential. Is my confidentiality completely protected?

Yes. By law I am bound to protect your confidentiality. The exceptions to this are related to child or elder abuse, a threat to harm another person or if you are in danger of self harm

Do you take my insurance? Yes

How do I get started?  Call me! Or if you’d rather email me, that is fine too. You can go to the “contact page” on this website to do either. If you know that you want to get started, let’s schedule a consultation via phone

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